I joined Odesk and put my hourly rate at $6/hr. Do you think that's a fair price

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  1. denism profile image64
    denismposted 11 years ago

    I joined Odesk and put my hourly rate at $6/hr. Do you think that's a fair price for a beginner?

  2. Emma Harvey profile image82
    Emma Harveyposted 11 years ago

    I think so - you can probably change it later as well. Most pay per article rather than per hour I believe so your hourly rate may not always apply.

    I have also joined oDesk, although haven't taken the skills test yet. Let me know how you get on!

    1. denism profile image64
      denismposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      thanks Emma am looking forward to see how i progress. I have done a few skills test and have passed you should give them a try

  3. animekid profile image63
    animekidposted 11 years ago

    I think it's a fair price, but honestly I never got a bunch of work from oDesk. They (like so many other freelance writing sites) want you to work for a whole lot of nothing. I'm going to give them a try again, but I do not expect much. I would suggest to you WriterAccess and also Elance, with Textbroker and Interact media both tied for third place status as far as applying for work.

    1. denism profile image64
      denismposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      thanks animekid. I  will look at the suggested sites

  4. forlanda profile image75
    forlandaposted 11 years ago

    In the United States the federal minimum wage is $7.25.  In California it is $8.  So your $6/hr might seem low.  But maybe you are in a market where others are willing to work for much less.  Just keep this in mind; sometimes people will get what they pay for.  Maybe if you keep your services very high quality, you can afford to charge a little higher than the rest.

    1. denism profile image64
      denismposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I will look into that

  5. JBrumett profile image61
    JBrumettposted 11 years ago

    Yeah, 6 dollars an hour is fair.  The problem with odesk is most people want a fixed price.  Then those people want you to do 30-40 hours of work before they pay.  THEN, they take your work and run off with out paying.  My advice, get a mic and a phone set-up and contract yourself out on odesk as a virtual assistant; those pay by the hour and if you do a good job you can get solid work.  If anything though, make sure you charge a % on fixed price fee's.  If they aren't willing to pay at least 1-2 dollars upfront that would raise some red flags if it were me.

  6. Teresa Schultz profile image64
    Teresa Schultzposted 11 years ago

    Hi denism, and thanks for asking the question. I think $6 an hour is a fair price for a beginner.

    I too had to put an expected hourly rate on my oDesk profile, but so far, not once have I done any hourly-paid jobs on oDesk - can't quite get my head around how the hourly thing works. So I have applied for only fixed price jobs.

    At first I worked for next to nothing, just to build up my profile and feedback from my clients - things like spend 3 hours on an article, for just $5.

    I've risked doing the work first, and only getting paid after the work is done, and have never had a problem with receiving my payment. This situation needs to be looked at from both sides - people are reluctant to pay upfront, even a percentage, if they have been taken for a ride before. You can look at the person's payment history and feedback history to get a good idea if they are going to pay you or not, once the work is done. If you are concerned, don't even apply for the job - there are plenty of new jobs being posted on oDesk every day.

    Good luck with the site, do some more competency tests, spend time on unique job application letters, apply for many jobs, especially when the jobs have just been posted, and not two or three days later, and when you get and do a job, do your very best work.

    Over time, with good feedback on your profile, you'll be able to charge more, and get the work, due to the people hiring you seeing that you have gotten good feedback in the past.

  7. ninokarlo30 profile image54
    ninokarlo30posted 9 years ago

    Fairly, $6/hour is a good salary. Well odesk is a work for freelancers and freelance jobs on Upwork. If you'll be choosing a job that you will like and you'll be thinking that you are not really doing your job, its doing your hobby. If you'll jus sitting at home and making that money for an hour then that's good. Some people do jobs like servers will take $4.50 plus tips but they are doing a lot of work. Or a hostess at an establishment will just take $7.25/hr and you will get to memorize the menu and your patience. But thinking about the $3/hr is a good salary too for beginners.


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